Honda reduces waste to landfill by 17%
According to Honda’s new environmental report
covering the year ending March 31, Honda cut the amount of waste
it sends to landfills by 17 percent over the previous fiscal year..
Two additional Honda plants in North Carolina
and Georgia achieved zero waste to landfill.
Also, according to their environmental report,
all 13 of Honda’s major North American manufacturing plants
operating during the fiscal year were certified to the ISO 14001
environmental management standard.
Emissions of volatile organic compounds were reduced
6 percent from previous fiscal year, due primarily to the startup
of a new, more environmentally friendly, paint shop at the Marysville
Water use per auto remained steady, while total
water use increased 10 percent from the previous fiscal year, due
to an increase in production activity.
Honda R&D Americas’ Raymond, Ohio, central
plant became the second Honda facility in North America to earn
a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification
from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Honda is engaged in projects to further reduce
the end-of-life impact of its products, including hybrid battery
recycling; and research on ways of reducing automobile shredder
residue (ASR), on how best to recycle catalytic converters, and
on methods for treating plastic fuel tanks.
Efforts to reduce or eliminate use of substances
of concern were continued in FY 2006, including the elimination
of lead in all automobile and motorcycle wheels, the phase out of
octa- and penta-polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and the
reduction in the number of interior and exterior parts made with